The Coal Miner’s Music Event went well. We did not know what to expect really. We did not know if we would have 200 people or 50. It was more like 50. Social distance was indeed possible. Folks pulled in and stayed in their cars, others brought chairs, and some sat at a social distance all around the stage. We had had no live music since the pandemic hit us in early March. We seemed starved for live entertainment and the comradery that comes with a music event.
Nat Polly started off the entertainment and sang his original tunes as well as some cover tunes. He sang songs he has written from his childhood and family life. Songs like “Ole Jim” are written from his coal mining dad’s perspective. Ole Jim was the Polly family’s mule back when Nate was a child. It is an awesome depiction of family and work life.
Logan Stanley and the Cumberland Mountain Boys were oh, so good. It was great to hear Jared Church picking his banjo. The smiles on the faces and the dancing feet were a joy to behold after all the grueling months of uncertainty and fear. The banjo transported us to a better time and a familiar joy we needed. It greatly contributed to our feeling of wellbeing and for a few hours we were carefree and happy. You can watch the music videos on the Black Sheep Facebook page. Videos of all the shenanigans are posted.
Annie Jane Cotton, the organizer for the Letcher County Culture Hub, was on hand to help with the ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the new pavilion to the Letcher County Culture Hub. Jeff Potter, the talented incredible builder of the pavilion, was also on hand. The ceremony was a testimony to the power of folks working together to create and build things for the betterment of the community and of the future. The motto of the Letcher Culture Hub is: We own what we make!
Boyd Davis and William Caudill put on a heck of a show and had us laughing and dancing. The cutting up and carrying on between the musicians is always good when these two are on stage. The music is always on point and love flows freely between them and the crowd. We so much appreciate their love, friendship, and good music.
The last act was Marcus Riley and Jeff Kennedy. OMG. They are such a powerhouse. Great music, harmonies, and vocals. They ended up the night with “Go Rest High on that Mountain” for the fallen coal miners as the guests lit candles and placed them on the Coal Miner’s Monument. The candlelight and music were a fit tribute for those who risked life and limb to mine the coal to fuel the nation for the past 100 or more years.
The event did the heart good. Thanks for all those old friends and new friends who pitched in to help us. Special thanks to Moe Early for all her help and kindness, too. We are so thankful for all the volunteers and to the Black Sheep (Evelyn, Mary, Savannah, and Kenneth) who work cheerfully and efficiently keeping the dough rolled and rolling in.
Our place is trying to get geared up to continue to what appears to hopefully be our COVID-19 plateau in the coming weeks and then a deescalation of cases. We are still doing curbside and folks can come in to pick what they need. When our first diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in our community happened, we shut down our dining room to indoor dining. Folks can now dine in our outdoor shelter spaces and still social distance. We will re-open the inside dining room later when we can be surer of health and wellbeing for all. So sorry for the inconvenience. Masks and social distancing required please. If you are experiencing a fever or other symptoms, please don’t get out and about. Be careful! The life you save may be your own.
Reminder . . . the Sacred Harp Singing which is usually held at Southeast Community and Technical College (four shape) will take place once per month on the second Sunday of each month at Hemphill Community Center until the pandemic is over. Come join us and sing. It does the heart good.
The new pavilion provides us with a place for family gatherings and outside marketing of goods made or grown in our community can also happen on Saturday mornings. Please feel free to schedule outside events when you need to. We ask the scheduling to omit Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as we want to encourage a neighborhood marketplace for cottage industry and entrepreneurial pursuits. We have a vision to boost the economy through tourism and cottage industry. Hopefully you will add us to your list of stops on Saturday mornings since the bakery is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
We are adding unleavened communion bread to our list of offerings. Making this bread is a reverent and awesome thing. We make it from biblical natural ingredients. We use fine wheat flour, honey, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and milk. We will be glad to make it for you. Call ahead please! We will be happy to make it for gatherings of any size. We are imperfect sheep making the best bread.
Narcotics Anonymous Facilitators Frankie Bentley and Evelyn Adkins have changed the location for the Hope Without Dope NA meetings that were scheduled two times weekly at Hemphill Community Center. The meetings will be held at Fishpond Lake each Sunday evening at 6 p.m. We will still host the meetings on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the center, outside in the pavilion. All are welcome. Social distancing and larger gatherings are easier in the outdoors. Governmental restrictions on in-house gatherings have deemed this change necessary for the time being.
If you are interested in t-shirts and aprons, check out our merchandise page website above. You can purchase online.
Don’t forget, if you want to ensure you get what you need, please call and place an order with us by Monday evening the week you need it. That way we will have a heads up and can plan our week for maximum efficiency to make your request. We want our products to be fresh so we do not make things days ahead. We do not use preservatives therefore we cannot make things much ahead. Our GMO-free products are made by hand the ancient way. Our breads and pastries take all day to make. Many of them are made from fermentation methods that take 24 hours or more.
Holiday mornings we will always be open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to allow folks to pick up special orders and things we have on hand. Please do not try to order online. We cannot check messages if we are really busy. Call (971) 867-4337 to order please. If there is no answer call back, please. We do not have call waiting. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Weekly quote: In the garden of your days, cultivate festivity, play and celebrations. Mary Anne Radmacher, Live Boldly
Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m.: NA Meeting at the Center outside and at a social distance. Facilitated by Frankie Bentley, Evelyn Adkins
Sunday, Sept. 13, from 2 to 5 p.m.: Sacred Harp monthly shape note singing. This event will be held outside in the new shelter. Social distance and masks are required to sing. Ecumenical with everyone welcome regardless of church affiliation or lack of. A perfectly great gathering of fine and not so fine singers. Come and gather with us.
Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m.: NA Meeting at the center outside and at a social distance. Facilitated by Frankie Bentley, Evelyn Adkins.
Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m.: NA Meeting at the Center outside and at a social distance. Facilitated by Frankie Bentley, Evelyn Adkins.
Sunday, Sept. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m.: Sacred Harp monthly shape note singing. This event will be held outside in the new shelter. Social distance and masks are required to sing. Ecumenical with everyone welcome regardless of church affiliation or lack of. A perfectly great gathering of fine and not so fine singers. Come and gather with us.
Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m.: NA Meeting at the center outside and at a social distance. Facilitated by Frankie Bentley, Evelyn Adkins.
Stay safe and sound! We will make it through this with the help of God and our leaders. Cooperation and extreme care are what it takes. See you soon!
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:21-23